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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67348
Recording details: May 2002
Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: October 2003
Total duration: 8 minutes 8 seconds

'Stephen Coombs savours the more exotic keyboard writing with confidence and a sure sense of style, contributing appropriately dazzling and light-fingered virtuosity when required' (International Record Review)

'This is the greatest thing since ice cream! … Coombs and conductor Ronald Corp catch the concerto's sly leg-pull and puff the airy graciousness suffusing these youthful pieces with soufflé-like savoir faire' (Fanfare, USA)

'Every track on this disc is an absolute winner. Stephen Coombs revels in the myriad of notes that tear around the keyboard in such light-hearted mood, the pro-active orchestral partnership captured in a superb recording' (Yorkshire Post)

Scherzo-Caprice in D major, Op 25

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The Scherzo-Caprice Op 25, written in 1890, is another virtuosic tour-de-force, also dedicated to Caroline de Serres (née Montigny-Rémaury). Its form is an extended rondo with five episodes. The work opens with an introduction whose fanfare-like figure is later used to link various sections. Again, the structure is only very loosely based on classical models as the first episode only appears twice throughout the work. Pierné delights in using motifs from episodes as linking material as well as combining separate episodes together. Despite its very free form, this characteristic use of repeating motif and cyclical structure creates a strong, cohesive work. As we have seen, 1890 was the year that saw Pierné take over from Franck at Sainte Clotilde – this work would probably have been written during the composer’s annual vacation at Carantec (like d’Indy, Pierné composed mainly during his holiday break) and its infectious exuberance and energy surely reflects the optimistic mood prompted by his new post.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 2003

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